ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday urged the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) to base its future planning on emerging regional scenario and challenges to the country.
Addressing the convocation ceremony of Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Science (PIEAS) here, the president said that apart from defence considerations, the planning should also take economic aspects into account.
The president said that new opportunities and challenges would emerge with the implementation of CPEC, which is a flagship project of China’s One Belt, One Road initiative.
The president also said that apart from increased connectivity, setting up of industrial parks would generate employment and create opportunities for strengthening of the national economy. He further underscored the need for taking advantage of these opportunities through proper human resource development.
Mamnoon expressed satisfaction that PIEAS was contributing immensely to the production of highly qualified manpower for different disciplines of science, engineering and health. He also pointed out that with industrialisation, the demand for electricity would increase which needed concerted efforts to meet the challenge.
He expressed satisfaction that PAEC also had plans to generate 9,000MW of electricity.
The president emphasised on promoting national development and achieving prosperity by achieving self-reliance in education and research. He added that the nation was proud that the commission contributed to the national cause despite the paucity of resources.
He said that students graduating from PIEAS were rendering great services in the fields of defence, science and technology, agriculture and health.